This is the second book in this series and I suggest reading the first one in this series first for a better experience and understanding of the characters. This story was full of action and romance and kept me turning pages so much so I couldn’t put it down. I have loved this author’s writing style from the first book I have read and this one is no different. Dominic and Emilia are enemies and what they want most is to protect their families. There is no denying the chemistry between these two. Will they find a way to get past the hurdles that stand between them? To find out the outcome for them and more, you must read this explosive story.
This was the second book in the series, and I could not put it down!! The chemistry between the two main characters was sizzling! Dominic and Emilia are both from different rival gangs, but they form a bond that is undeniable between them. The way the author wrote this book had me thinking I was involved in the action and not just reading it off of the page. I cannot wait to read more books from this series, and I cannot wait to read more from the author! My coworker has already bought this book because we read the same things and she was in awe of how great the sample was!
By: Via Mari
For those of you who don’t know, Via Mari is an amazing author and her books literally never disappoint. Underboss’s Retaliation is no exception. I loved the plot and the characters in this one. This is a great enemies to lovers story with a plot unlike no other. This one will take you on a wild ride as you read it. I found it so hard to put down. The banter between Dominick and Emelia was amazing and I definitely didn’t know what was going to happen between them as I read. I love the added dimension of them being from rival families. This book did not disappoint at all!
I loved reading this dark mafia story. This is the second book in this series which I highly suggest reading the previous book as well to help your enhancement of this author and series. This is an author that I have loved reading from the first book I picked up and I never hesitate to pick her books up. This is a well written story where the author used details not only to bring life to the story but steamy romance as well. I found the characters to be relatable and I had no problem picturing myself in their world with them. They have great chemistry and I enjoyed watching them grow throughout the story. This is a fast paced story that I read in one sitting as it is that awesome. This is a must read and I highly recommend this book and this author,
Review by @bjwagner
Dominic Larussio is the underboss for the Larussio’s. When their rival and enemy attacks, they retaliate. Emelia De Rosa is going to be the pawn to get control of the situation. Dominic had not planned on the feisty woman who quickly becoming an infatuation. Can two enemies find a way to stay together while a war between families continues to erupt?
Another fantastic book in this series. You think the story is going one way and then there is a turn. Edge of your seat suspense and romance rolled into one. If you like mafia stories this is definitely a series to pick up.
Underboss’s Retaliation picks up where the last book left off. I guess you do t have to read book 1 before this one but it’s recommended by me so you gey the full story.
There are plenty of the same characters in this book as the previous book but this is more about Dominic. He is second in charge now and definitely plays the roll well. When he captures Emelia, he isn’t 100% sure what her fate will be but, quickly realizes, he wants to keep her as his own.
He even goes as far as to put a wig on her so no one knows who she really is when he moves her from place to place. Her family is the enemy. Emelia is not a delicate little flower. She can totally handle herself and proves to Dominic that she won’t make it easy for him or his family to use her as a pawn. When it is known that Alena is taken by The DeRosa’s that means war. Salvatore will do what he needs to do in order to get his little sister back unharmed.
Emelia finds out her entire life has been a lie. She had no idea what was going on, who was behind all the moves in the DeRosa clan but she’s about to find out and her world will be shattered. Will Dominic be able to
Pick up the pieces or will he be forbidden to go anywhere near the enemy?
This book was nothing short of amazing. I wanna be Emelia when I grow up haha! I love the Larussio’s but, Emelia made this book awesome!
Great characters, great story!
I don’t understand one thing. When Alena is taken, Sal makes it like she is highly trained and knows how to protect herself yet, she seems to be anything but that! Otherwise everything else in the book was pure gold! 5+ Stars
Review by @xchellex
This extremely talented author yet again brings us a creative storyline that is action packed from start to finish and filled with fantastic characters. I didn’t want to put it down! Dominic is now second in command and must do what is best for the family when along comes Emelia, the daughter of a rival who has retribution coming his way! She throws everything into a tail spin for him. She is so much more than he ever expected. He has to find a way to protect his family and keep what he truly wants…HER!! This is the second book for this amazing series and I think that if you haven’t read the first book you are absolutely crazy! You can read and enjoy this book without it but I highly recommend reading the start of the series simply because its so good you don’t want to miss it.
This is the second book in the series and it didn’t disappoint. You will find yourself invested in the characters from the very beginning. If you didn’t read the first book in the series, I would recommend it but it isn’t necessary as you will pick up things along the way to fill in the blanks. I think that this series is amazing and is really well written. There is the danger that you would expect in any mafia story but the twists and turns that this books takes are things that even someone like me who reads everything mafia didn’t see coming. The passion that takes place between the characters will have you fanning yourself and blushing at the same time. This book has it all, mystery, conflict, romance, steam, danger, and an everlasting love. If you are a fan of mafia books or just a really good love story, I highly recommend this book. Enjoy reading this book as you wont able to put it down once you start and be prepared to feel all the emotions as the characters, that is how you know it is a good book.
Wow! The story of Dom and Em’s relationship is rocky, to say the least. This story is full of intense action, drama, mafia, romance, and suspense. I was hooked right from the get go. I am a fan of the this series and have been since book 1 with Salvatore and Adrianna. The characters are fantastic. The relationship has everything in it: trouble, conflict, solving problems, etc. It shows how things go. Seeing other characters from previous books is great also. It keeps the flow of the story smooth. The writing is contemporary and really engages the reader. You can feel each character’s emotion. I definitely recommend this series. You can read it as a stand alone or in order.
~ AMAZON ~
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Via Mari is a contemporary romantic suspense author who likes to keep her readers on the edge of their seats one minute and fanning themselves as the heat rises in the next. Her book series feature the most handsome alpha billionaires, elite bodyguards, and powerful mafiosi. They all exemplify extreme romance with dominant males who will stop at nothing to protect and capture the hearts of the woman they love.
Adrianna is a doctor in the Vegas strip, hired specifically to be at the beck and call of the Larussio crime family. While she also serves as the doctor to visitors of their hotel, her contract pays her extremely well and includes a glitzy apartment to keep the mafia family healthy. She has her reasons for taking this job, and the salary and amenities are strictly a bonus until she accomplishes what she came to do.
Salvatore Larussio is about to become the new Don to the family after his cousin stepped down from the position. As Great Uncle ages, he is preparing to retire very soon and hand the reins over to Sal. Sal was formerly an enforcer in their mafia family and is well known for his ruthlessness matching his cold demeanor. In reality, Sal has far more fears than anyone would ever realize. Being in charge meant everyone and their safety was his responsibility, now. It meant he could no longer enforce the punishments on their enemies, he could only make the call to do so. He lives in fear for his family and himself and has no time for love or romance.
However, Adrianna has caught his eye and he cannot help but recognize the pull he feels for her. He thinks of her constantly, even though any time they speak her distaste for him is evident. Will Sal take a shot at love? Will Adrianna’s secret and intentions ruin anything that might develop?
This is a fast paced read, very well written, draws a beautiful picture of their surroundings and has you rooting for Sal and Adrianna to be together in spite of everything. Looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
This book was well written and a great precursor for what this series will hold! The characters were well thought out and held a great deal of heat! I found the story interesting and easy to follow. I have read many mafia romances but this one just had something a little extra. Great first read from this author!
I just recently got into mafia stories. So when I saw The Boss’s vendetta I jumped on the chance to read this book, and I’m glad that I did. Via Mari had me from the beginning. This book has amazing main and secondary characters, personal revenge, danger,passion ect. She is a truly great writer. Definitely a must read. I’m looking forward to more in this Sicilian Gods series.
From the moment you open the book and start reading you are hooked! I was able to read this book from start to finish without putting it down and left wanting the next one right away! There cannot be enough good things said about it.
This is only for those over the age of 18 due to its adult themes.
Salvatore Larussio is a man who leads a double life, by day he spends time with the high rollers at his families casino, spending time with the big wigs, the high up and the social climbers, but begins closed doors, he is a ruthless heir to a mafia throne. Adrianna is a doctor with a past she would rather forget, but now she is working at the Larussio resort and is in charge of the urgent care there, but as well as the usual emergencies she has to deal with, add into that the responsibility of sewing the family up as well, she has a lot on her plate.
The two first butt heads over the treatment of a family member and when she doesn’t back down when faced with the devil himself, he is more shocked than anything, but when a family gathering which is supposed to be a happy one turns into a bloodbath, things take a turn for the unexpected for Adrianna. In the midst of triaging the casualties, a decision is made to whisk her away with them so that she can continue their care, but just what that means is something Adrianna is completely opposed to, but seemingly has no choice in the matter.
As they are being kept in close confines, things that Salvatore finds intriguing about this ice queen from the emergency room are the things he finds attract him to her the most, but when Adrianna is confronted with the realisation that she is attracted to those same things, she decides to tell Salvatore the truth of why she is there. Will the secrets she has been hiding make or break the tenuous bond she has is building with the family, or will it be her undoing? This is a Mafia suspense with plenty of action throughout, as this darkly romantic story pulls you into the the underworld and keeps you there, while you follow along this spicy story of retaliation and retribution.
Reviewed by @roxsannel
by Via Mari
This is an amazing mafia romance. It contains moments of my favorite features in books. It has action, steamy scenes, and enemies to lovers.
The main character is Salvatore and he has just become the head of the family business (aka mafia). With this he becomes the head of an incredibly hostile war between feuding family. When Salvatore meets Natasha the tension is thick. But the downside is that Natasha who is working for his family has been placed there to help fulfill a vendetta. This makes a romance with him even more complex. Sal’s focus should be his territory and his family but Natasha definitely threatens to disrupt that focus.
I loved this story so much. I love that this definitely delivers in the steam department. I also truly love knowing that this series will focus on all of Salvatore’s family. I cannot wait to see how the family continues to develop and how much steam will be brought.
Boss’s Vendetta: Dark Mafia Romance (Sicilian Gods #1) by Via Mari
This isn’t the first book I’ve read by the author. Boss’s Vendetta is the first book in the Sicilian Gods Series. The book was so well written that I finished it in about an hour. I loved the characters and the plot.
Salvatore is the next in line for the boss of his family’s mafia. He meets the urgent care doctor in the resort and finds that he can’t get her off his mind. He meets her through his cousin when his wife was harmed. The quote I chose for Salvatore is: “Anything and anyone remotely connected to the family or our organization is my business. Running the urgent care and being the only physician on call for the entire casino and resort— it’s too much for one person.”
Adrianna is the doctor at the resort where Salvatore and his family reside. Cousins, Uncles, brothers, and whatever else you want to call them. She mouths off the first time she meets him and now she finds that she can’t stop thinking of him. The quote I chose for Adrianna is: “Whatever does the dark prince want after pulling me from a much-needed night of sleep?”
Highly recommended for Mafia Romantic Suspense lovers.
I will admit, throughout this entire book they had me on my toes. I had no idea what was going to be said or what was going to happen, Between the connection of Adrianna and Salvatore to their messy backgrounds to how they came to be together I was on the edge of my seat I had no idea what the next page would bring and the surprises kept coming throughout the entire story. Adrianna who we meet and believe to be a bit of a stick in the mud and Salvatore the man we believe to be the devil incarnate. Two people who in almost every way shouldn’t work together but turns out to be one of my new favorite love stories!! The openness and honesty that they have with each other is absolutely beautiful and I loved every page of it.
This is the perfect startup book for a new series. It is explosive, filled with action, drama, violence, and romance. With characters that are relatable, ones you love to love and ones you love to hate.
Adrianna is the female in the stories we always aspire to be. She is a doctor, who was orphaned, and is looking for answers into her fathers death. Which may come from the elusive Larussio’s. So when she gets a job working in one of their casinos this may be the perfect chance to find answers to the questions plaguing her about whether the Larussio’s were responsible.
Salvatore, who is not even heir to the mafia throne, is thrust into the position solely by availability. Many think he should not be there nor that he has earned such a prestigious position of power. The last thing he needs is a sexy doctor turning his world inside out and giving his enemies a weakness to exploit.
Will Adriana finally uncover the truth about her father’s death and will it be the answer she hopes? Can Salvatore protect his family and Adriana from threats within and outside the family so he can find his happy ever after? This is a dark mafia romance, with suspense, lies, and romance which makes for an amazing story in my book. I am excited to read the next book in this series just to see what happens next!
Boss’s Vendetta: Dark Mafia Romance (Sicilian Gods Book 1)
I know these are characters we already knew of from earlier series but oh my, there is something incredibly hot and a sexy dangerous man who’s entire life was surrounded by or working in the Mafia, at least in this world.
I think I started crushing on Salvatore from the beginning and it grew from there.
From the beginning Adrianna didn’t hold back. She stood up to him every time she got a chance and their confrontations were popcorn worthy.
Salvatore made me think of the saying about onions and peeling back the layers. What you see at the beginning with him isn’t what you find when you get to his heart.
I am so happy that this new series is here and I can’t wait to see what happens with all of the family and get introduced to even more amazing and strong characters both male and female.
This author is one of those that I grab as soon as I see there is a new book without reading the synopsis.
Boss’s Vendetta (Sicilian Gods Book 1) by Via Mari – Review by Kaylee Johnston
Book 1 in the Sicilian Gods Series, Boss’s Vendetta, is about Salvatore and Adrianna. The book focuses on how the two of them come together, what the vendetta is, and how everything gets solved. The mafia romance genre includes many explicit and dark scenes – this story is no different.
The connection between Salvatore and Adrianna is great at the beginning. I am always a fan of enemies-to-lovers stories. I found the plot points and the development of this story to be unique and enticing. I loved how it progressed and the settings things took place. The main conflict was tense and I couldn’t keep myself from reading as quickly as I could. I loved seeing the relationship between Salvatore and his cousin, Dominic. I thought the way the characters were portrayed was done really well – especially the Great-Uncle. I loved when Sal and Adrianna finally come together and how seamlessly Adrianna fits into the family.
The things that kept this book from being four or five stars for me are the continuous use of the word “capiche.” It felt overused a lot, to the point I felt it was being included unnecessarily. The switch from a scared bystander who is helping where she can to a skilled and cold agent capable of disappearing and infiltrating certain locations and then back was a bit jarring. I also need to point out that there was a lot of repetition for why Sal and Adrianna couldn’t be together. There’s also a lot of repetition by both Sal and Adrianna about how dangerous Sal was and who he actually was, but there wasn’t much that supported that. Adrianna’s hate also kind of just fades away.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was definitely spicy and kept me intrigued the whole time. I definitely recommend reading this if you’re looking for a hot, action-packed story!
This book is so, so good.
“I sure as hell didn’t ask for this job, but I will do it as though every life in my family depends on it…because it does.”
Just when I thought the enemy was taken care of another one would jump out. But these characters, Salvatore Larussio and Adrianna Palento take no prisoners and can handle whatever is thrown their way…capiche? As with any good story there are secrets being kept that when revealed will either make the family stronger or destroy the love that is developing between these two.
This is a new series and while these two main characters have a good ending there are too many questions about the rest of the family for it to be the only book. The first of many stories to come, I hope! I enjoyed this story; the wording and language is how I would think a Mafia family would speak. The situations are realistic and hard to believe at the same time…. sounds a little life regular life too. This story also made me laugh on occasion…especially when Salvatore and Adrianna would butt heads.
“A smile crosses my face for the first time all day as I envision the blonde beauty’s fiery blue eyes lighting up with anger in reaction to that order. Maybe it’s not so bad being in charge…”
Looking forward to more from this author!!
Reviewed by @shannonlovesbooks
I’ve been a hardcore mafia romance reader for a while now, and this book is for sure on the list of mafia romances that I love. It’s more action than romance, which honestly I liked a lot. Most of the time it’s a pretty even mix, but this one is a little more lowkey as far as the spicier scenes. The intro for this book hit me like a ton of bricks. It for sure captured my attention and the author kept that attention throughout the whole book. I’m for sure going to be picking up the next book, and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the series goes!
This book was a great read. I absolutely love a good mafia romance. This book did not disappoint. This story is full of danger, suspense, romance, great characters, and had me completely enthralled. I had a hard time putting this book down because I became completely enthralled in the story. I have read other books by this author and I have enjoyed everything I have read. This is a great start to this series and I can’t wait to read what’s next. I highly recommend this book.
Boss’s Vendetta (Sicilian Gods Book 1) by Via Mari – Review by Jessica Stone
This is a deliciously dark, enemies to lovers, mafia romance that I promise will make your toes curl with all the sexual tension.
Salvatore Larussio’s life just got a whole lot more interesting, due to some unfortunate circumstances Salvatore’s (or sal as his family call him) cousin steps down and next in line to become head of the family “business” putting sal in line for the thrown. But with great power comes great responsibility and a turf war the likes of which we’ve never seen.
Natasha, is a bold, feisty, smart beautiful woman and doctor who’s recently taken a position as running a clinic in the Larussio’s casino, but what no one knows is the job isn’t what brought Natasha, it was a long held vendetta against the Larussio’s.
Will Natasha get her revenge before she falls pray to the dark eyes and smoldering look of her new boss.
Will Sal come out on top of these mafia wars and secure his territory and the safety of his family, or will the both fall together.
All and all a splendid read, I love the premise of the story, it was a mafia romance but with a twist, very refreshing and fun to read something outside of the norm. I’m a big enemies to love fan so this book hit the sweet spot, the relationship between the two main characters is an emotional, sexually charged rollercoaster in my opinion.
Natasha is a take no crap, knows her worth, get things done type of girl which is one of the things that cause her to clash heads with Sal so much.
Sal is your typical baddie, he knows he’s smoking hot, rich, powerful, all the things a mafia romance mc should be, so throwing a hard headed woman, who questions his every command and tests his every limit is *chef’s kiss* EVERYTHING.
I’m pretty excited to read not just more from this series but the author, the story was immaculate, the world and character building was well thought out and the spice was juuust right.
Who’s ready to see which Larusso man is next to meet his match?? This girl!
Boss’s Vendetta, Sicilian Gods Series, Via Mari, Review, Itsy Bitsy Book Bits, Mafia, Romantic Suspense, Jessica Stone, October 2022
Engaging and intense
This is the first book in the Sicilian Gods series and it is a very strong start. The book has depth in characterisation, an intriguing plot and intensity that took my breath away. Salvatore is a dark and fierce alpha male and Adrianna is far from a wilted flower. These two create fireworks and have a chemistry that just melts the pages. There is so much between the pages from mafia politics, revenge, gun fights to drama and an unavoidable romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to secure book 2.
<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/62031916-boss-s-vendetta” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”Boss’s Vendetta: Dark Mafia Romance (Sicilian Gods Book 1)” src=”https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1661010874l/62031916._SX98_.jpg” /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/62031916-boss-s-vendetta”>Boss’s Vendetta: Dark Mafia Romance</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16229360.Via_Mari”>Via Mari</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5047255831″>5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
If you like your mafia family deep and devoted with slightly convoluted family members, from the old school to the new Don and the backstabbing other members, the Boss deep and dark and your heroine with a past then this is the book to read.<br />We follow the Larussio crime family as they set up their extended business in Vegas. Kidnappings, shootings and underground hideouts are all deeply seated in this world that hooks you and takes you deeper into the mafia network.<br />Adrianna Palento starts working as the Doctor at the new complex built by the Larussio’s on the strip, she is Doctor at the Emergency Care Unit for the hotel, and on call for the members of the family should they need attention. And the family members need more than most. The Doctor has a secret , one that she needs to keep especially from the family. This is not easy especially when you are thrown into a safe house facility with the high ranking members of the family after a dramatic shootout. <br />Salvatore is groomed to take over the family when the time comes; his family and cousins are mostly behind him. After the attack throws him into close quarters with the Doctor, and her secrets, how can he keep her alive, especially as his interest in her becomes all consuming? <br />The family, their business partners and their love lives are brought together in a well written story that keeps you wanting to come back for more. I can’t wait to read the next book to see how the characters continue to grow.<br />
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Adrianna is a doctor working at a hotel in Vegas. The hotel happens to be owned by the Sicilian Mafia. While there, she is trying to find out who murdered her father.
Salvatore is handed the position of don in the same mafia. He runs the hotel and uses Adrianna to fix his men up after an altercation. Once he has met her, he cannot get her out of his mind but her secrets may ruin any desire he has for her.
Mari knows how to spin a tale and leave the reader breathless for more. This book, the first in the series, had me reading when I should have been otherwise occupied. I just could not put this book down. If the rest of this series is anything like the beginning, readers will be running to get the newest books.
Salvatore is a fiercely loyal man that puts the mafia first…it’s his job as the don. However, his priorities are questioned when he encounters a beautiful doctor. Adrianna has a mind of her own and does not take kindly to men barking orders at her. However, her job requires her to do just that…and ask no questions. Imagine her surprise when the man she feels an intense spark with is none other than Salvatore. While that spark begins with a feeling akin to hatred, it quickly morphs into something much more passionate. However, Salvatore knows Adrianna is keeping a secret and, when it comes out, it can turn both of their worlds upside down. Will they be torn apart? Or, is their love for each other enough to help them through?
I enjoyed Adrianna’s character and these two were entertaining to read. There was so much going on in the story that I was sucked in! And, as secrets were being revealed, I was excited to see how it was going to affect them. And one of the secrets…WOW…
A great book that I devoured in a sitting and am looking forward to reading what happens next!
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